Transportation from Santo Domingo's
Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) to Cabarete
After passing through Customs & Immigration and picking up
your luggage, you'll exit the Arrivals Terminal. It's here that
you'll be met with warm tropical air and the hustle & bustle
of people looking to help you with luggage or taxi service. If you
would like luggage assistance, the going rate is US$1.00 per
piece of luggage. If you do not wish for assistance, just firmly
say 'No thank you', or even better, in Spanish, 'No gracias'. From
here you have four transportation options to reach Cabarete.
Note that the rates and means of transport are updates from time to time. This means that the rates shown here may be different from what they actually are. Last update: Dec 8, 2008.
Cost: About US$200
Travel Time: 4 hours
Traveling by taxi is usually the fastest and most reliable form
of transport from Santo Domingo to Cabarete. Finding a taxi outside
the airport to drive to Cabarete is not a problem, but it can be
a little more expensive to make the journey at night. If you are
traveling during the day, and not in a hurry, ask your driver to
take the 'Carretera Touristica' route. Once you reach Santiago,
this route will take you over the country's northern mountain chain,
Cordillera Septentrional, to Sosua. You'll enjoy beautiful views
of the lush mountains and valleys that separate the fertile Central
Valley of the Dominican Republic and the golden shores of the North.
Cost: About US$40
Travel Time: Up to 7 hours
This is the least expensive transportation option but it can be
quite a long journey after hours of flight travel. First you will
have to take a taxi from the Santo Domingo Airport to the Bus
which is located in downtown Santo Domingo. The cost of the taxi
is about US$20 to US$30 and if traffic is smooth, the ride is
about 30 minutes. Of the 3 big bus companies, Caribe
Tours and Metro are recommended. This is because the other one finishes its
route in Puerto Plata, and Caribe Tours and Metro brings all the way to Cabarete. The bus ride from Santo Domingo
can take up to 5 hours. The buses are air-conditioned so bring
a sweater or light jacket for the ride.
If you plan on taking this form of transportation, make sure you
consider your time table to ensure you will meet the bus schedule.
It can take anywhere from 1 - 2 hours after arriving, to pick up
your luggage, go through Customs & Immigration, and then travel
by taxi to the Bus Station. If
you aren't able to reach the last bus, there are hotels
in Santo Domingo. Relax and
take in the sights of the capital city and then arrange to take
the bus the following day.
Cost: Around US$350
Travel Time: about 2 to 3 hours
There is no direct scheduled flight between Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. There is one regular airline that fies between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana and between Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. Fortunately the schedule is such that you can first take the plane from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana and a few minutes later it flies on to Puerto Plata. If you have a lot of luggage, or heavy sporting
equipment, make sure you obtain permission for its transportation
before purchasing your ticket.
Check here for airlines.
Remember with any flight, you'll still have to arrange transportation
from Puerto Plata International Airport to Cabarete.
Cost: About US$70 (with gasoline)
Travel Time: 5 - 6 hours
A long drive after a long flight is not recommended. Driving in this country
in the dark on unknown roads can cause a lot of stress not something
you should experience on vacation! But if you prefer to drive, there are
car rental companies located at each international airport. The car can
be rented directly from the airport and driven to Cabarete. Daily rental
ranges from US$40-$80, depending on the type of car, and insurance is available.
Make sure you contact the car rental service a few days before your arrival.
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